Ho ho ho it’s winter yall. Winter means one thing and one thing only for me: dry. skin. It’s hitting me full force this year; I currently have tiny bumps all over my chin, an eczema patch on my forehead, and disintegrating lips. It doesn’t sound like I actually know how to manage dry skin by that description, but I promise I just haven’t been on top of my game lately. This article is a reminder to me, on how to manage the winter weather when your skin gets dry as all heck. Maybe you’ll find it useful too! (Hopefully!) CHECK IT OUT:
Rosehip Seed Oil: I put this on in the evening because I hate having oil on my face during the day. I wrote an entire post on the benefits of rose hip see oil, so if you’re into an in depth description, check it out. Basically: it doesn’t irritate sensitive skin, it smells nice, and it moisturizes like you wouldn’t believe. Score, score score. Now that I don’t have as many early mornings for school/work, I sometimes put this on in the morning and let it do its thing before I head out for the day (if I do at all ha). You can buy this online, but I bought mine from Winners.
L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Comforting Cream (5%): If you have majorly dry skin, try their 25% which is even thicker and more luscious. For me, 5% generally does the trick but I reallllly lather it on. I use this moisturizer day and night, at night I’ll put it on as a spot treatment on my dry skin bumps and eczema, rather than the whole face since I already have oil on. I also JUST wrote a review of this product so if you’re curious check it out.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Cleanser: This cleanser is incredibly moisturizing. It’s insane. I love it. Only downside is it doesn’t take allllll of your makeup off, but I just take my makeup off and then use this as a second cleanser, because it leaves your face feeling moisturized and soft rather than oily or completely stripped of everything.
There’s one product and one product only for lips: Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment. I think mine has officially gone off because it’s over 3 years old and I’m running out, but it’s still doing a pretty good job. Basically, this is the holy grail. I talk about it all the time, here’s the run down: it’s made in Australia and it’s made from pretty much only papaya root and preservative, it has the consistency of polysporin and it comes in a tube like the Glossier bomb dot com (which I totally think is a fancy rip off of this product but I won’t go there), it doesn’t smell like anything, and it’s super moisturizing. It can easily go under lipsticks, I even put it under liquid lipsticks and they still work amazing. I don’t know how it works, but it’s magic. Also you can use it for cuts, bug bites, eczema and pretty much anything else. Do you remember the dad from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and how he was obsessed with windex and told everyone to put windex on something to fix it? That’s how I am with Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment.
Other lip products I’ve heard good things about but refuse to buy because they’re pricey, I don’t trust anyone, and I already have something I love: Clarins Lip Oil, Burts Bees, literal tiny vaseline jars, and Glossier’s bomb dot com.
The only hand cream I use now is from L’Occitane. I pretty much just rotate through their scents because I love them all, and the creams are moisturizing enough that if I use them daily, morning and night, my hands stay moisturized throughout the winter. If you have super dry hands, you probably already know what cream works for you, but I liked the Mane&Tail one (lol I know), and I still just put pawpaw ointment on spots that might get really dry if I neglect them. I’m pretty obsessive about moisturizing though, so my hands stay safe throughout the winter from allllll of the moisturizer application, plus the added L’Occitane hand cream. L’Occitane also make a Shea Butter Intensive Hand Balm that I’m confident would do the trick. I’ll see if it’s in my advent calendar to try it out…..
Moments Behind the Blog Day 8:
I 100% was that kid that had super dry hands ALL winter long as a kid and I low-key used to love it when they were really dry and you could see all of the teeny tiny little splits in the skin??? Is that really weird? I’ve assumed that it’s one of those things everyone felt as a kid but I’m not sure. Now I’m obsessed with staying moisturized because I feel like if your elbows are soft and moisturized you probably have your life together. Despite my best efforts, my elbows are still now soft and moisturized, and I still don’t have my life together.
Your question of the day: Do you get super dry skin in the winter, if so what do you use!?!?! Have you used any of the products I mentioned? Do you love ’em? Do you hate ’em? Tell me why!!